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    hey skaters,

    i got some bad news today. i injured myself during a football game two weekends ago, and found out that my acl tore completely. i will most likely need to get it replaced.

    i'm wondering if anyone has ever had that surgery and also how was it returning to skating? were you able to still jump/spin/skate?

    the prospect of not being able to fly really bums me out. it's like my wings were clipped. guess that's what i get for trying something new

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    I didn't tear my ACL, but I shattered my knee cap and severed the patella tendon (on my landing leg). I had 4 reconstructive surgeries on my knee and was on crutches for 9 months. However, no sooner was I walking and I was back out on the ice! That was my goal that helped me get through the whole recovery process.

    So I think it is possible. You have to work hard at the physical therapy and the recovery isn't fun. But it is doable. I was able to spin and jump again (although no jumps for about a month or two at first). For me, my biggest factor was the fear factor, since my injury occured on the ice, I was more hesitant to skate full force for fear of falling and reinjuring it. I did end up needing to wear a padded knee brace for a bit, but I wore it under my tights and it really wasn't that visable. Also for the first couple of months my knee got more sore/tired, but in time that went away.

    Good luck, and take care of yourself. Don't rush back too soon, because then you risk reinjuring it!

    Dawn

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    I have not had such an injury but have cared for those who have and they returned to their previous level of function. Pick a good surgeon, do what he/she says, and you will skate again (and enjoy it too!).

    In my athletic life I have dislocated both of my shoulders, torn my right achilles tendon, tore my left hamstring to shreds, broke both ankles and herniated a disc in my back. I started skating at 42 years old after the shoulder injuries and achilles tendon tear (landing leg). The hamstring tear I did skating two years ago and yes I am still skating 2 to 3 times per week and continue to learn new things every day and am thrilled to be doing it. I am not a patient person but I certainly have learned how to be somewhat patient so I could return to doing something I enjoy so much---you will too.

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    I'm so sorry to hear of your injury.

    I'm going into some hard training, trying to get back in shape to compete on the adult level this coming season. I have a slight muscle strain in my left leg, and that is scaring me so much. Injuries are not fun. A friend of mine, who was the adult national champion a few times, finished 2nd a few weeks ago, broke his leg attempting double axle's a few years ago.......

    You are in my prayers. Many skaters have come back from very horrible injuries.....look at Michelle! She may not compete again, but as she said, she's skating without pain and got her triple flip back! If she can do that after hip surgury, you can come back too!

    Best of luck, keep us updated.

    Donnylutz.
    Keeper of MK'S Spittle at the end of Campbells 2004

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnylutz View Post
    I'm so sorry to hear of your injury.

    I'm going into some hard training, trying to get back in shape to compete on the adult level this coming season. I have a slight muscle strain in my left leg, and that is scaring me so much. Injuries are not fun. A friend of mine, who was the adult national champion a few times, finished 2nd a few weeks ago, broke his leg attempting double axle's a few years ago.......

    You are in my prayers. Many skaters have come back from very horrible injuries.....look at Michelle! She may not compete again, but as she said, she's skating without pain and got her triple flip back! If she can do that after hip surgury, you can come back too!

    Best of luck, keep us updated.

    Donnylutz.

    hey guys, just logged on here. i want to thank each of you for the words of encouragement and support.

    it's heartening to hear that i might be able to return to the ice.

    i'm now able to walk down stairs without having to grip the handles, and am starting to walk without a brace. i'll be having my surgery most likely in july.

    i really want to skate before my surgery, but i know i probably shouldn't. well at least not without a brace.

    thanks again to each of you!

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    Good luck with your surgery......hope you'll be back on the ice.
    Keeper of MK'S Spittle at the end of Campbells 2004

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    As far as skating with a torn ACL: I tore mine in the early '80s, before the surgery got as good as it is now, so I never got mine fixed (I was just a crappy adult skater doing single jumps & didn't want to spend 9 months on crutches, since my work commute involved the Chicago "L"). I found that basic stroking & the jumps were OK (or no worse than previously, lol); the problems came on crossovers & some spin entries. I was able to continue to have fun skating in a limited way (I had a good spiral so just did variations of that all the time on my good leg), but probably should have had the surgery.

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    Tore mine a while back practicing quad loops. Had surgery and was good as new back and landing triple axels in no time.
    ~Keeper of the Triple Axel~
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    My favorite performance of Michelle's (at the moment): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar3aB6q8rFc

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyTonyaMyMichelle View Post
    Tore mine a while back practicing quad loops. Had surgery and was good as new back and landing triple axels in no time.
    quad loops? you must be joking..but i do appreciate the humour.

    well i just got my acl surgery last month so now i'm trying to get rid of the limp. hopefully i can return to the ice in a couple of months..maybe i should start a vlog

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    Default hey guys..

    not sure if anyone still reads this board..but i made it back to the ice

    today was my second session since my acl surgery back in may 2010. i probably shouldn't be jumping yet, but i just couldn't help myself. hopefully i'll have my axel back soon.

    anyways, thanks to everyone for the encouragement.

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